Following Your Program

Recently Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, talked about published a post called Working the Program. She was talking to a friend who was in AA and the friend mentioned working the program, aka "doing the steps you continually need to do to stay healthy."

Jenny struggles with mental health issues and related to this a lot, as do I. I've been thinking about this a little because of listening to the Armchair Expert podcast from Dax Shepherd. He is also in AA and talks about having a list he runs through when he is feeling poorly- has he exercised, reached out to someone, etc...I don't remember exactly because it's been a quick mention here and there but each time it came up it struck me as very smart (lots of things he mentions about AA sound smart and helpful, actually, which is probably why it's been around so long with so many advocates).

While there are some basic things that could probably be on everyone's list- working out, for example- the program is going to look different for everyone. 

Dax has mentioned that he has a weight room in his house that his kids sometimes come into with him and that he hopes that is the one habit his children form before leaving the house, Jenny's doctor prescribed 30 minutes of walking a day, and I definitely tell a dip in mood if I can't go to FiA at least 2x a week.

I'm still figuring out my individual program. 

  • It includes working out.
  • It includes getting up earlier, shockingly enough, so I have enough time to actually wake up before I have to jump into my day. 
  • It means looking around and seeing if there is something in my house I can clean or organize, because being surrounded by a mess stresses me out. 
  • It includes praying and reading my Bible. 
  • It includes spending time with my kid without screens. 
  • It includes reaching out to my friends and planning social time together. 

Most of us probably have things like this that bolster us in life. But I'm a big fan of having it literally spelled out so I think this is worth really considering.

It's hard to dig yourself out of the hole, so anything that helps prevent you from falling in the hole is a good idea.

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  1. The workers at the gym know that 90% of the time I'm going to come in scowling and leave with a MUCH improved mood. There are days that I come in with no scowl, but it's rare. I can also tell a difference when I'm side-lined from an injury and can't work out. Honestly, all of this is the reason I try to take the dogs on a walk. I can't imagine how cooped up they feel since they never leave the house, for the most part. So it's two-fold beneficial for me, lol.